Dave Riley blogs on the continuing serious drought in Queensland, Australia, saying that undoubtedly needed water conservation measures are having unintended consequences. The government is now mandating that 10% of sewage water be treated then used as drinking water. But this adds all manner of chemicals to the water, and if water usage is down due to conservation, then less of that is available to go back into the supply. Thus, the concentration of the chemicals will rise. He thinks the chemicals will cause fish kills too.
Also, with everyone building water tanks and storing as much water as possible, he asks, “what are we then supposed to do, ‘individually’, with the water?
Another problem is that reduced water usage means less water flowing into septic tanks, with the result that they stop working correctly.
So, I’m saying peoples: things ain’t as easy as they seem no matter what baloney is proffered as a solution.
Often, conservation (and recycling) programs are aimed at the end user, the consumer. Like it’s all supposed to be their responsibility. But that’s hardly a solution. The answers have to come from all levels of the production chain, from manufacturers and agriculture too, not just consumers. In the Central Valley of California, water is brought in from hundreds of miles away at subsidized rates to irrigate water-hungry crops in a semi-arid area simply because the soil is fertile. Growing crops unsuited for semi-arid areas using imported water is something that can not last long-term nor is it sustainable.
California better pay attention to what’s happening in Australia now. As should we all. Conservation and intelligent use of resources need to be implemented at all levels of the (literal) food chain.